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On-Campus Parking

Parking on campus can be a little complicated. Read below to see the kinds of on-campus permits for which you may qualify. See the Transportation and Parking Services Map for where you can park with different permits.

  • Graduate Night & Weekend Pass: Free for all graduate students! Allows parking on campus Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. the next morning, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The following passes are also available to some graduate students:

  • Employed Graduate Student Parking Pass: Graduate students employed on campus 45% or more of their time qualify for an annual staff B permit. The applicant must show the required amount of time on the University Personnel Payroll System (PPS), or be listed on the Graduate Division Fellowship List.
  • Student Commuter: Currently enrolled students who reside more than two miles from campus are eligible for a C parking permit. A utility bill, lease agreement, or BARC statement is required as proof of residence. Allows you to park at all times in student lots or nights and weekends in most other lots.

Students without a permit can park in any visitor parking lot, but must pay at the time of parking. You can choose to pay an hourly or a daily rate.

There is some limited street parking in Isla Vista. Some students also risk parking in the Goleta Beach parking lot, though beware you may be ticketed.

Parking in Student Housing

Click here for information about parking for students living in UCSB graduate housing.

  • Students living in Storke and West Campus Family Student Housing will receive a permit for one parking space per apartment. Permits can be picked up from UCSB Transportation & Parking Services. Residents can also get on a waiting list for a second vehicle permit after moving in. Residents are not allowed to park a second car in Family Student Housing lots unless and until a second permit is issued.
  • Each resident in San Clemente Villages is eligible to receive a parking permit at no extra charge. There are enough parking spaces for every resident. Permits can be picked up from UCSB Transportation & Parking Services.


Biking is the main mode of transportation for UCSB students. If you live within two miles of campus, you cannot get a day parking permit (unless you work more than 45% time), so bring a bike with you or look for a used one on Craigslist.

Bus and Other

Here are some useful links for other transportation services:

  • Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP): Designed to promote the use of alternative modes of transportation, membership benefits include up to 6 days of complimentary campus parking per quarter, discounted MTD bus passes, and enrollment in the Emergency Ride Home Program.
  • Free bus passes with Santa Barbara MTD: Your student fees cover bus transportation in fall, winter, and spring quarters. In order to qualify for free bus rides, you must be currently enrolled with fees paid. Then just tap your student ID as you board the bus.
  • UCSB Express Bus: Connects Goleta, IV, and UCSB directly with downtown Santa Barbara. A fast route with minimal stops.
  • Santa Barbara County Transit Services: Information about buses, trains, and shuttles in the local area.
  • Santa Barbara Car Free is an interactive website that offers tips for how to get around Santa Barbara without a car. Frequently offers discounts on Amtrak tickets for students.
  • There is a Greyhound Bus station located in the Train Depot next to the Amtrak station in downtown Santa Barbara.
  • The Santa Barbara Airport is located very near to UCSB and it is possible to take a bus from the aiport to campus. Additionally, Santa Barbara Airbus offers local transportation to and from LAX and Burbank airports, which can be cheaper than flying directly into Santa Barbara.
  • There are two Amtrak stations nearby: one in Goleta near campus and one downtown on lower State Street.

ZipCar and Ride Sharing

  • Students, faculty, and staff can join Zipcar at a discounted rate. Click on the link for more information about how to do this. Zipcars are located in IV or on campus in lots 23 and 14.
  • There are several UCSB Facebook groups offering rides between UCSB and Southern California, the Bay Area, and the Central Valley, among other locations.